Live illustration capture
Client: DG Trade European Commission
Storyboards for Toyota ECB idents.
Film director: Bugsy
Production house: Good Egg
Client: England and Wales Cricket Board
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi
Fielder Navigation System
Rear-view Wicket Camera
The Bat Alarm
Wicket Lane Departure Waring
These boards are 100% digital, drawn on the computer using Wacom. Compare with drawings on paper, the old school way.
Studies and illustrations for a praxinoscope featuring a 14th century Castilian knight charging on warhorse.
Inspired by Muybridge sequential photographs of a galloping horse from his famous Animal Locomotion series (1887). I would recommend the book, still unmatched to this day as a reference for painters and animators interested in studying movement. This praxinoscope is part of a larger permanent historical exhibition designed for the Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre, in Fronteira, Portugal. The knight above is an example of the cavalry that took part in the Battle of Atoleiros in April 1384, between Portuguese infantry and a punitive expedition sent by John I of Castile.
Project design by Johan Schelfhout, M.D. Maverick ICS.
A short animated test done in Adobe Flash:
More samples about this project in the Film Storyboards Drawers blog. If you liked this post and are interested the rich medieval history of Portugal, watch more Atoleiros Battle animatic storyboards and the Aljubarrota battle storyboards.
Part two of a series of animatic drawings done for a cross media project on display at the Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre, Fronteira.
These drawings complement the battle reconstitution film within a larger cross media installation. The Portuguese Interregnum, or the 1383-85 Crisis, is a story of royal tangle, intrigue and treason. To translate it into visual narrative for a larger public, we imagined a virtual chessboard set. It shows each character’s role in their fight over Portugal’s throne, like in a theatre scene. Exhibition design by Maverick ICS.
Animated storyboards featured in a multimedia installation designed for the Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Atoleiros. Project design by Johan Schelfhout, MD, Maverick ICS.
The story depicts the events surrounding the 1384 Atoleiros battle during the Portuguese Interregnum. We started with an overview of the scenes roughed in a sketchbook. This step ran in parallel with the writing phase of the adaptation. We tested mood boards in colour, mixing sketches, illuminations and voice-over to get a sense of timing. This part of the story is about the 1383-85 Crisis, and focus on the Marriage of King D. Fernando I the Handsome with Queen D. Leonor the Treacherous. It is a story of betrayal and court secrets, that portraits a kingdom at the verge of civil war.
Editing animated drawings with live footage allowed to spend more of the budget on re-enacting the battle.
Drawings are tell key moments about the political and historical context that led to the battle. The film is part of the permanent exhibition, projected on a drawing board in a reconstructed painter workshop.
The Battle of Atoleiros Interpretation Centre hosts the permanent exhibition in Fronteira, Portugal.
If you enjoyed this post and like Portugal’s rich medieval history, check more works:
– More production drawings from this project in the drawers blog
Animatics — illustrations series made for audio guides depicting the 1385 Aljubarrota battle.
The sequences take the visitor through different phases of the famous Portuguese defensive battle, one of the first of its kind in Europe, exploring the trenching tactic used, troops movements and other historical aspects while interactive features draw on some of the injuries inflicted on soldiers whose remains were later found on the battlefield, studied by archeologists and visible in the interpretation centre.
Client: the Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre, Portugal.
If you liked this post, check the Aljubarrota battle storyboards.
Shooting storyboards / TV Commercials
If you want to view this storyboard on iPad, here is the link.
Final edit of the film.
The roughs for the two films show my usual storyboarding process – a very simple one: drafting the whole camera angles and compositions in very tiny frames, on the fly, during live discussion with the director or over the phone – these where done over the phone and the help of very precise visual and written notes, so you’ll notice very little difference with the final boards.
In this case a double page holds an overview of each 30 seconds film but there are instances where you would need an entire sketchbook for a single story.
Designed with LUON to present in a light-hearted way the Natuurpunt‘ Sumatran rainforest preservation project, one of eight charitable projects funded by Ello Mobile users. Each project is illustrated by a small animation featuring a family of characters.
The final animation:
Another one from the same series.
Shooting storyboard: car chase and special effects scenes.
The Hot Potato, feature film written, directed and produced by Tim Lewiston, Wardour Pictures and Novak Prod. Shot on location in UK and Belgium.
Synopsis: Based on real events. London’s East End 1969. One evening, a government research establishment explodes; an event that eventually leads the two friends, Kenny (Ray Winstone) and Danny (Jack Huston), being in possession of a large lump of Uranium… They crisscross Europe to find a buyer. Accompanied by Danny’s girl, the lovely Carole. They encounter a diverse cast of bizarre characters, all trying to steal the ‘Hot Potato’, but a deal agreed inside the Vatican has the co-conspirators confounding each other. The story twists and turns to an exciting and unexpected finale.
Only two sequences were storyboarded: the action scene with cars and another scene requiring matte and special effects. Drawn directly with ink on paper, trying to keep the energy of the first draft, the second scene is just sketched roughly – as no more than an outline was necessary. Click on frame center to view sequences in full screen.
Drawing the two scenes was fun.
Looking forward to seeing the movie.
Rough storyboard – Car chase scene
One frame from car chase scene – storyboard cleaned
Rough storyboard The Hot Potato – gun scene
One frame from car chase, firing gun scene – storyboard cleaned
Another frame from the same scene
You can download the storyboard in pdf format here.
Since 1999, I draw storyboards and concept illustrations for feature films, advertising commercials, TV shows, animation, events, spectacles historical films and documentaries.
Here you can view some of these different storyboards styles in a single pdf document. If you are looking for a storyboard artist able to work in different styles, check these to see how it might suit your project.
Storyboards can usually be delivered in a rapid turnaround time, either in digital form or hand-drawn on paper, or both.
More illustration and concept art works at alternatyves outc.